So I kinda love this pattern now. I want to make about a hundred of them. (more on that in a sec).
I know I promised I'd model them, but honestly I'm too darn lazy today to be bothered with doing something with my hair and face. I don't even feel like putting "real pants" or a skirt on to give you some pictures. Maybe next time! (and I'm already on my 3rd Sorbetto so there will be a next time I'm sure!)
As I said in the sneek peak, I used gathers instead of the pleat at the center front.
I'm not fond of a big fat pleat centered (but I *did* try it before going with gathers). It pulled at odd angles and was generally not a flattering look. Since I was using a cotton lawn, I think an airier feel is necessary, so the gathers are a win.
For the green lawn Sorbetto, I scooted the front pattern edge about 1" away from the fold, for even more gathers.
Both tops have self-fabric bias bindings. I love to do a binding like this because it finishes everything off so neat and tidy. AND...if you take care while topstitching it in place (on the front of the fabric) it has a real "RTW" feel.
Although even not quite perfect topstitching looks pretty darn good. Notice that my binding wasn't quite the right width all the way around, so I fudged when pressing it in place. Nobody has to know but me. (well, and you. now.)
I can make this little top up in about a million different colors and prints. And I can throw a cardigan over it for school and cooler weather. I might even try adding sleeves. Or a frill. And small release tucks instead of gathers. And center front embellishment, like lace or beading. I think I'll get creative on the next batch.
Currently, I'm putting the bias bindings on another gather-front one as we speak, in a grey and navy print voile. It's pretty sheer so I'll have to figure out a cami or tank to wear under it. The bindings are a tiny bit trickier to apply too, with this gauzy voile, so it didn't get finished in time for a photo this afternoon. I need to hem the green one (above) too, but that's mere minutes.
This morning I ordered a few pretty lawns and shirtings from Fashion Fabrics Club. Most are for Sorbetto, but a couple are for Colette Violet. I have it mostly fitted too, and it will be another great staple.
Since the Sorbetto only takes about a yard (I ordered 1-1/4 yd for self-bias bindings) each one will cost approximately $6. Not too shabby!
I hope you're having a productive weekend! Or at least a relaxing one. :)